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Checking in on some old friends

Posted at 12:07 PM on June 7, 2007 by Chris Dall

David's post about Guzman got me thinking about some other ex-Twins, and how they're faring.

1. Kyle Lohse: I actually thought Kyle would benefit from both a change of scenery and pitching in the National League. But that doesn't seem to be the case, as his 2-7 record and 4.58 era proves. I wonder if he blames his outfielders in Cincinnati, too.

2. Jacque Jones: There were some suggestions earlier in the season that the Twins should consider bringing back Jacque, since he appeared to be getting squeezed out of a crowded outfield in Chicago. Perhaps not, unless a bag of balls is going back in return, and the Cubs pay most of his salary. His .238/2/18 numbers aren't going to solve our offensive problems.

3. Doug Mientkiewicz. Poor Doug. After getting whacked by Mike Lowell on saturday, Doug is now on the disabled list with a concussion, a cervical sprain, and a broken bone in his wrist. And before the incident, he was playing as if he had all those ailments. I think Doug's on his last legs. Here's hoping that he got some money from the Red Sox for that World Series ball.

Should Mauer be moved on the field as well?

Posted at 1:27 PM on June 7, 2007 by Tom Scheck

Ok, I have to admit that I like Joe Mauer. It's more of a respect thing not a creepy high school girl crush thing.

I like that he's a great hitter. I like that he's a low key guy. I like that he's a hometown boy made good. I especially like that he will be activated on Friday.

That being said -- I don't like that he's a catcher. I'm worried that the tools of ignorance may wear the young player down, cut short a career that could see years of .330 averages and his journey to 3,000 hits. Being a catcher is tough, tough work. The knees get worn out from squatting -- not to mention that you turn into a tackling dummy everytime there's a play at the plate.

Mauer loves to catch. The pitchers seem to love the way he manages a game. But it may be time to move Joe to another position. He's a natural athlete (All American high school quarterback) who could play anywhere. He has the arm to play right field and the glove to play third. So what do you say Joe? High school girls for the next twenty years would appreciate it.

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